Highest Grid

SMoCA lets us marvel at methodology

Valley dwellers know all too well what it means to live on the grid. Painter, photographer, and printmaker Chuck Close knows, too. He’s been working on the grid for more than thirty years, relying on the structural guide to create enormous portraits that have the precise nature of digital prints, but are, indeed, created by hand.

Close, one of the country’s foremost artists in any medium, is especially renowned for his printmaking process. Even after a spinal cord artery collapse in 1988, the mostly-paralyzed artist insists on continuing his painstaking and meticulous methods (it can take up to two years to make one print).

“Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration” chronicles Close’s process by displaying every carved linoleum block, acid-etched plate, and intricate detail of 118 works that span from 1972 to 2002.


Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 13. Continues through May 9, 2010
 
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